Making up the original super krewe, Bacchus’ 1,400 members will roll along the Uptown parade route, in what’s become a must-see on the Sunday before Mardi Gras. This year’s monarch is House actor & New Orleans music aficionado Hugh Laurie. He and the men of Bacchus will compete with the Oscars telecast, but in New Orleans, we know that Mardi Gras trumps the movies. Forty years ago when Bacchus first paraded, it helped revive the New Orleans carnival by introducing the “super krewe” style and providing a parade that would draw visitors to town on the weekend before Fat Tuesday. Bigger, more elaborate floats and celebrity monarchs (the first was Danny Kaye) helped accomplish that goal and grow the club into one of the most popular in all of Carnival. Other famous monarchs in recent years have included Will Ferrell (who reigned last year), Drew Brees, Andy Garcia, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, James Gandolfini and Elijah Wood. Some other beloved Bacchuses from the past included Bob Hope, Ed McMahon, Perry Como, Charlton Heston, Phil Harris and Kirk Douglas, just to name a few. Named for the Greek god of wine, Bacchus is also known for its signature floats, including the Kong family, the Bacchagator, Bacchawhoppa, and Bacchasaurus. The parade ends at the Morial Convention Center, site of the Bacchus Rendezvous.